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UPDATE ~ US House agrees to revert to previous ethics rules

[JURIST] As briefly reported on JURIST Wednesday evening, the US House [official website] late Wednesday voted to reverse GOP ethics rules on investigating House members that had divided the House Ethics Committee [official website] since the rules were approved in December 2004. By a 406-20 vote [House roll call], lawmakers approved H.Res. 241 [bill summary], which returns ethics rules to the form they have been in since 1997. The Committee is also expected to begin an investigation into Majority Leader Tom Delay's foreign travel. Delay repeated an earlier request to appear before the Committee to defend himself against allegations that he violated ethics rules by having a foreign trip paid for by a lobbyist and clients. The rules dispute has effectively brought the evenly divided Ethics Committee to a halt in the past several months. AP has more.

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